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Reduce sugar consumption to live longer

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 9 2020   /  01:41 am
Plant power: Sugar is made from sugarcane and as such is a natural product. Sugar is rich in energy but should be consumed in moderate amounts.(Shutterstock/MK Photograp55)

Some people say consuming sugar is dangerous for our health, while others say it is not. The sweetness of sugar has been a symbol of joy for a long time. Sugar is an instant energy as it contains carbohydrates. The calories in sugar are the same as calories in other food like vegetables, eggs or fruits. “Sugar is the body’s preferred source of fuel for brain power, muscle energy and every natural process that goes into proper functioning of our body cells,” the Indian Sugar Mills Association recently told Bloomberg. However, there is always a but when talking about sugar. A sugar-heavy diet may increase the risk of several diseases like heart disease, diabetes, poor dental health, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “Sugar is not the only culprit. There are so many other factors, like lifestyle, an unhealthy diet and smoking, but there is a...